So – you want to be a doctor Graduate Entry Medicine Vinny Potter Medical Careers Adviser QM Careers
What I hope to cover today <ul><li>Grad Entry – positive and negatives </li></ul><ul><li>Which medical school </li></ul><u...
Five or four years? <ul><li>Approximately 30 x 5 (6) year courses </li></ul><ul><ul><li>take about 12% graduates but this ...
<ul><li>The University of Birmingham </li></ul><ul><li>University of Bristol </li></ul><ul><li>University of Cambridge </l...
Decide which Medical Schools <ul><li>Geographical location </li></ul><ul><li>Structure of the course/your learning style <...
Geographical Location <ul><li>Cost of living </li></ul><ul><li>Demographics </li></ul><ul><li>Campus or scattered </li></ul>
Structure of the course <ul><li>All courses will give you exposure to general practice, hospital and surgical experience. ...
Reputation of the medical school <ul><li>Remember all courses are validated by the GMC and will produce doctors capable of...
Entry Criteria <ul><li>Almost all require  at least  2:1 honours degree </li></ul><ul><li>Split regarding degree disciplin...
Entrance Exams <ul><li>Increasing applicant numbers, age range and academic background </li></ul><ul><li>Test skills & att...
GAMSAT <ul><li>G raduate  A ustralian   M edical  S chools  A dmissions   T est </li></ul><ul><li>http:// www.gamsat.co.uk...
UKCAT <ul><li>UK   C linical  A ptitude  T est </li></ul><ul><li>http:// www.ukcat.ac.uk /home </li></ul><ul><li>£60 (2009...
UKCAT Practice <ul><li>UKCAT official website </li></ul><ul><li>Medicas </li></ul><ul><li>On examination </li></ul><ul><li...
BMAT <ul><li>Usually for the 5 yr course </li></ul><ul><li>Cambridge – ? For 4 yr course ask them for advice. </li></ul><u...
Choosing the course <ul><li>Make sure you fit the entry criteria </li></ul><ul><li>Is it in the right area? </li></ul><ul>...
Biology / Science  Degrees required  ukcat no no 2.1 14 5.6 178 Warwick Ukcat no yes 2.1 - 8 30 Oxford No yes yes 2.1 - 17...
Any degree  GAMSAT no no 2.1 - 9.6 70 Swansea GAMSAT no no 2.2 - - 98 St Georges No no yes 2.1 2 36 40 Southampton GAMSAT ...
Important Note : <ul><li>The two previous slides summarising the entry requirements of the medical schools have been taken...
Applying through UCAS <ul><li>All applications now online only </li></ul><ul><li>Maximum of 4 courses. </li></ul><ul><li>D...
<ul><li>Sections –  Personal details, qualifications, employment history, personal statement, reference </li></ul><ul><li>...
Convince me – the personal statement <ul><li>Convince the reader why you want to be a doctor </li></ul><ul><li>Give eviden...
P rovide the Evidence – Work Experience <ul><li>Working with people / Working as part of a team-  retail / hospitality wor...
Where can I find these jobs? <ul><li>Careers Service  www.careers.qmul.ac.uk </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Vacation work booklets ...
References <ul><li>Choose an academic who knows you and of your aspirations of becoming a doctor. </li></ul><ul><li>It nee...
Medical Interviews <ul><li>Lot of variation: e.g. one person / panel, 10 min – 1 hr </li></ul><ul><li>Most will probe on: ...
FUNDING <ul><li>Will all depend on personal circumstances. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>GEM courses ; Pay own tuition fees 1 st  ...
In Summary <ul><li>Start reviewing what you have to offer NOW </li></ul><ul><li>Get relevant work experience </li></ul><ul...
Dentistry <ul><li>Nine 5 year courses and four graduate schemes ( The University of Aberdeen, The University of Liverpool,...
Further resources <ul><li>UCAS book ; Medicine, Dentistry & Optometry </li></ul><ul><li>www.medschoolsonline.co.uk </li></...
Questions?
Applications & Support Statements Information from  Graham Clayden Sub Dean for Undergraduate Medicine Admissions KCL
<ul><li>Convince us that you are: </li></ul><ul><li>Motivated to help people  </li></ul><ul><li>Informed about career dema...
<ul><li>Also convince us that you are: </li></ul><ul><li>A good judge </li></ul><ul><li>A natural leader </li></ul><ul><li...
<ul><li>Essential evidence from: </li></ul><ul><li>Work experience  </li></ul><ul><li>Community service  </li></ul><ul><li...
<ul><li>Avoid: </li></ul><ul><li>Any subject that you don't want to talk about at interview  </li></ul><ul><li>Hero-worshi...
<ul><li>Don't forget to mention: </li></ul><ul><li>Hospital volunteering or paid jobs </li></ul><ul><li>Contact with vulne...
FINAL MESSAGE <ul><li>Be honest! </li></ul><ul><li>Check spelling and grammar </li></ul><ul><li>Make it a legible (font si...
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  • What I would say – lots of topics briefly – at end I’ll tell you about event that will fill in lot of details Best med school – often asked – but up to you to decide Funding – there were changes in 06 and I tell about these UCAS application – and the dreaded personal statement – not like UCAS form at 18 – need to come acroos lot more maturely I will assume that all here today will reach the interview stage so I’ll tlk a bit about that. Ask Qs druing talk! Focus will be on accelerated 4 year courses specifically designed for Grads like yourselves – but will talk about 5 / 6 year UG medical degrees where appropriate.
  • Competing on same playing field as Ugs – no fixed number of grads Competition for 4 year is much higher – couple of years ago , 5 yr 1 place / 10 applicants; 4 yr 1 place / 30 applicants Numbers game – beware everyone doing same things Funding e.g 4 year course – 3 years of NHS bursery, 5 year 1 year.
  • Check each web site to find out what the 1. Structure of course &amp; teaching style Entry requirments – entance exams, degree and A levels required
  • 30 med schools in UK – 14 do grad entry thus you have a lot of choice Exams – what entrance exam do they use (expense, difficulty) Mat requirment – e.g Camd needs Chem A level so if didn’t have it – would need to get it Geo – somewhere cheaper than london – would you prefer a campus or scattered like you have at UCL Course – v imp – is the style trad with lectures or tutorials or PBL , what will be the balance of general practice to Hospital practice. Imp to think of the above – at interview sometimes asked – why choose this course?
  • Mentiond at start – may want to live somewhere cheaper – with loans etc. Big factor = demogs E.g Go to Kings – see lots of patients with sickle cell anaemia due to Afro – carribean communities in catchment area Go to St Georges – more likely early onset diabetes QM – TB and Malaria – refugees Need to think about what types of ailments you would like to get exposure to eg less common, tropical – which med school give best example.
  • Courses – nothing simple in med – the structures of courses differ widely. Balance between GP etc differ, some send you out early, others not until the clinical practice stage For the 4 year courses – some integrate with the UG courses after first year, e.g QM, others keep them sep e.g St Georges – think – do you want to mix with Ugs Academic year. 5 year UGs – 2 x 30 week terms, 3 x 46 week terms, get long holiday 4 year – 4 x 46 and no long Holiday (no paid vacation work) Teaching style – V important Trad e.g Oxford = Tutorial based – 2 or 3 of you and tutor every week. On top of coursework – intell demanding PBL e.g St georges – practical case study work. Being introduced more and more. How do you prefer to learn – eg lectures and self study – or practical work?
  • Numerous organisations (The Times) publish league tables rating medical schools Criteria ranging from Research characteristics to staff:student ratio Currently league tables only “rate” 5 year undergraduate entry medical courses Best – depends on what you want – aks any med stud and they will say theres is best. All courses are recog by GMC – all gards have same levels of skills &amp; comps to start careers as medical doctors All also recog by WHO – all med schools across world have to be. Note if look beyond UK – check they are.
  • St Georges – 2:2 but very stiff entrance exam Split = Health, Life or Medical Science v any degree Specific A levels - Usually chemistry but also biology, maths etc Normally involve a fee. Types used varies across the schools Inc – med schools are using entance exams
  • As we have seen, many factors to consider when choosing course – thus which is best depends on what you need. Just cos you friends are going to QM doesn’t mean that that is best for you. Key point – entry exams Which can you afford to sit and what is their content – Will I be able to pass. Have a look at examples on web. Check exam dates – this is complex
  • 4 max – Kings few yrs ago, if failed 4 – through to 5. Worth checking – not sure meant to do this. Can apply for UG and GEMs at same time Instructions in book – Hold up the example . Referees – Talk about in more detail later.Don’t go to them day before deadline. Give them advance warning – at least 2 weeks . Has been some confusion about what happens with the references over the past few years. Advice I have received recently is to give referee your logon so they can put their reference on the application themselves. UCAS says it will contact your referee sep but in th past this hasn’t always happened. 15 th Oct – absolute deadline. No late entries – entry fierce. UCAS ‘How to apply book’ has guidelines for referees. Pass on to them. Electronic form – ref will be contacted directly by UCAS and asked to send ref directly to them.
  • UCL is not registered with UCAS therefore apply as an individual (unlike your school when you were 18) STATEMENT More time you spend – the better it will be 2 yrs – start think now, 1 st years – start filling in the gaps Don’t come to Careers Service on 13 th Oct – however we do have exp with these so can help. Other details Ole number either contact your old school or UCAS direct School results – also exam centre number. Get early – don’t want to be scrabbling about KEY – If have probs try and contact admissions tutors rather than office – not around application time – do earlier Send an email so have written format
  • Skills = clinical, communication, teamwork, organisational, empahty &amp; understanding people, stamina, motivation Lot of people say ‘love science or love helping people – why not nurse or biomedi sci Need to make it personal – deeper Give Evidence – that you have the key skills Give evidence you have found out what it is all about – observations of Doctors studes and junior) Nurses and support staff If didn’t get A level wanted – not song and dance coner in a sentence – what did you gain – improvement – stonger candidate how Gen very good degree level performace will counteract poor A levels. Hobies – med schools like to find out how you will contribute to them. What they are also looking for is ‘what you have learned’ and how this knowledge has confirmed your suitability for medicine.
  • Work experience Doesn’t have to be paid Also don’t believe that length or where worked is key factor – its what insight and knowledge you gained – could gain more in a week than one month NHS underst &amp; Validation – means working in Health care Hosp volut – Lots Hops web sites have button for volunteering – rem can take 3 months or more for clearance so plan ahead In healthcare can see what Nurse does, doctors does, how the healtcare team works together – what insight you gain about persoanl quals and skills &amp; purpose and how you match. Talk to med studs- whats the study like Talk to Doctors – whats it like to have responsibility, no longer the long hrs – 56 hr rule Also career path – what happens after – foundation – run through grades etc.
  • Hospital Websites: Also – the work experience sheet – Hold up
  • later.V imp. Need someone to comment on your academic suitbility for medical course. Useually Personal tutor or lecturer. No academic ref – alarm bells. Medics may not be able to comment on your academic suitability When approach them – do so in a professional way, not out of blue with a brief e-mail. NB during Uni if want to use personal tutor etc dev more of a working relationship do that they have something to say about you – tell them in advace what you have done, your leisure interests etc, also why you think medicine is important If you academic performance to date has been poor – unfair to expect good ref. Don’t go to them day before deadline. Give them advance warning – at least 2 weeks . Remember – they have a heavy workload and get stressed out if bombarded with lots of emails
  • Hold up the two books – info on Interview Qs (but also mention other stuff)
  • Funding changes lot Kings Welfare officer will give a talk at forthcoming forum
  • Hold up booklet – say was written last year but lot of info still relevant
  • Graduate Entry to Medicine Applications Workshop - Welcome to ...

    1. 1. So – you want to be a doctor Graduate Entry Medicine Vinny Potter Medical Careers Adviser QM Careers
    2. 2. What I hope to cover today <ul><li>Grad Entry – positive and negatives </li></ul><ul><li>Which medical school </li></ul><ul><li>Entrance Exams </li></ul><ul><li>The courses on offer </li></ul><ul><li>UCAS Application </li></ul><ul><li>Funding </li></ul><ul><li>Work experience </li></ul><ul><li>Interviews </li></ul><ul><li>Further resources </li></ul><ul><li>Dentistry </li></ul><ul><li>The Personal Statement </li></ul>
    3. 3. Five or four years? <ul><li>Approximately 30 x 5 (6) year courses </li></ul><ul><ul><li>take about 12% graduates but this is increasing </li></ul></ul><ul><li>15 x 4 year courses </li></ul><ul><li>All highly competitive </li></ul><ul><li>Can be easier getting on 5(6) year course </li></ul><ul><li>More 5(6) year courses open to non-UK/EU </li></ul><ul><li>Differences in funding </li></ul>
    4. 4. <ul><li>The University of Birmingham </li></ul><ul><li>University of Bristol </li></ul><ul><li>University of Cambridge </li></ul><ul><li>Imperial College London </li></ul><ul><li>Keele University </li></ul><ul><li>University of Leicester </li></ul><ul><li>The University of Liverpool </li></ul><ul><li>Newcastle University </li></ul><ul><li>The University of Nottingham </li></ul><ul><li>Oxford University </li></ul><ul><li>Queen Mary, University of London </li></ul><ul><li>University of Southampton </li></ul><ul><li>St George's, University of London </li></ul><ul><li>Swansea University </li></ul><ul><li>The University of Warwick </li></ul>Schools Offering 4 yr GEM Courses
    5. 5. Decide which Medical Schools <ul><li>Geographical location </li></ul><ul><li>Structure of the course/your learning style </li></ul><ul><li>Popularity / reputation </li></ul><ul><li>Entry Criteria </li></ul>
    6. 6. Geographical Location <ul><li>Cost of living </li></ul><ul><li>Demographics </li></ul><ul><li>Campus or scattered </li></ul>
    7. 7. Structure of the course <ul><li>All courses will give you exposure to general practice, hospital and surgical experience. </li></ul><ul><li>Integration with the 5 year course </li></ul><ul><li>Length of academic year </li></ul><ul><li>Teaching style </li></ul><ul><ul><li>‘ Traditional’ Lecture-based e.g. Oxford </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Problem based learning (PBL) e.g. St Georges </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Self-directed learning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Guided learning </li></ul></ul>
    8. 8. Reputation of the medical school <ul><li>Remember all courses are validated by the GMC and will produce doctors capable of practising medicine at the required level </li></ul><ul><li>National recruitment system for jobs as Doctors – no preference given for medical school. </li></ul><ul><li>Large differences in popularity of schools – varies year on year </li></ul>
    9. 9. Entry Criteria <ul><li>Almost all require at least 2:1 honours degree </li></ul><ul><li>Split regarding degree discipline </li></ul><ul><li>Some require specific A-levels & grades </li></ul><ul><li>Entrance exams for majority </li></ul>
    10. 10. Entrance Exams <ul><li>Increasing applicant numbers, age range and academic background </li></ul><ul><li>Test skills & attitudes not tested by A-levels & UG degree </li></ul><ul><li>Exams help to level playing field </li></ul><ul><li>Each school has own cut off points & criteria for interview selection </li></ul><ul><li>Separate to UCAS application </li></ul><ul><li>Set dates for registration & testing </li></ul>
    11. 11. GAMSAT <ul><li>G raduate A ustralian M edical S chools A dmissions T est </li></ul><ul><li>http:// www.gamsat.co.uk / </li></ul><ul><li>£192.00 (2009) 5.5 Hours </li></ul><ul><li>3 Sections </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reasoning in Chemistry, Biology & Physics (MCQs) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reasoning in Humanities & Social Sciences (MCQs) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Written communication (2 tasks) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>St George’s, University of London </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The University of Nottingham at Derby  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The University of Wales Swansea  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Keele University </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Or to the 5-year degree at Peninsula Medical School </li></ul></ul>
    12. 12. UKCAT <ul><li>UK C linical A ptitude T est </li></ul><ul><li>http:// www.ukcat.ac.uk /home </li></ul><ul><li>£60 (2009) 90 minutes </li></ul><ul><li>4 sections (MCQs): </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Verbal Reasoning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Quantitative Reasoning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Abstract Reasoning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Decision Analysis </li></ul></ul>
    13. 13. UKCAT Practice <ul><li>UKCAT official website </li></ul><ul><li>Medicas </li></ul><ul><li>On examination </li></ul><ul><li>UKPO </li></ul><ul><li>(Some free, some charge) </li></ul>
    14. 14. BMAT <ul><li>Usually for the 5 yr course </li></ul><ul><li>Cambridge – ? For 4 yr course ask them for advice. </li></ul><ul><li>Imperial 5yr </li></ul><ul><li>Oxford 5yr </li></ul><ul><li>UCL 5yr </li></ul>
    15. 15. Choosing the course <ul><li>Make sure you fit the entry criteria </li></ul><ul><li>Is it in the right area? </li></ul><ul><li>Find out about the teaching style </li></ul><ul><ul><li>does it fit your preferred way of learning </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Be aware of entry exam dates and your availability </li></ul><ul><li>Many have open days e.g. Oxford, Nottingham </li></ul>
    16. 16. Biology / Science Degrees required ukcat no no 2.1 14 5.6 178 Warwick Ukcat no yes 2.1 - 8 30 Oxford No yes yes 2.1 - 17 32 Liverpool Ukcat no no 2.1 - 4.7 64 Leicester Ukcat yes yes 2.1 10 - 50 Imperial No no yes 2.1 - - 19 Bristol No no yes 2.1 - 15 40 Birmingham Ukcat no no 2.1 10 24 45 Barts Entrance Exam Bio A level Chem. A level Degree Grade Int. Places App. Ratio Places School
    17. 17. Any degree GAMSAT no no 2.1 - 9.6 70 Swansea GAMSAT no no 2.2 - - 98 St Georges No no yes 2.1 2 36 40 Southampton GAMSAT no No 2.2 - 13 91 Nottingham Ukcat no no 2.1 - 28 25 Newcastle Ukcat no no 2.1 - 63 24 Kings No no yes 2.1 - - 20 Cambs Entrance Exam Bio A level Chem. A level Degree Grade Int. Places App. Ratio Places School
    18. 18. Important Note : <ul><li>The two previous slides summarising the entry requirements of the medical schools have been taken from the website medschoolsonline.co.uk – set up and run by current medical students to help those thinking about medical careers </li></ul><ul><li>The information was gathered from medical school admissions offices and from course websites. </li></ul><ul><li>If you wish to apply to one of the medical schools described it is strongly advised that you contact the school's admissions office to get the most up to date and accurate information before submitting your application. </li></ul>
    19. 19. Applying through UCAS <ul><li>All applications now online only </li></ul><ul><li>Maximum of 4 courses. </li></ul><ul><li>Detailed guidelines and instructions on www.ucas.ac.uk </li></ul><ul><li>Deadline is 15 th October 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Check entrance exam reg. deadlines </li></ul><ul><li>Referees – give advance warning </li></ul>
    20. 20. <ul><li>Sections – Personal details, qualifications, employment history, personal statement, reference </li></ul><ul><li>Prepare your statement well in advance </li></ul><ul><li>You will need your old UCAS number ! </li></ul><ul><li>‘ buzzword’ or course code – from your department, or apply as independent applicant </li></ul><ul><li>Find your A & GCSE results in advance </li></ul><ul><li>Any queries – try Admissions tutors (avoid near deadline) or www.ucas.com </li></ul>Filling in the form
    21. 21. Convince me – the personal statement <ul><li>Convince the reader why you want to be a doctor </li></ul><ul><li>Give evidence of you have skills for Medicine </li></ul><ul><li>Give evidence you understand what medicine & the medical degree entails </li></ul><ul><li>Explain any poor performances </li></ul><ul><li>Allude to your academic progress now </li></ul><ul><li>Evidence your hobbies/social activities and link to your potential contribution to medical school life </li></ul><ul><li>More on this later… </li></ul>
    22. 22. P rovide the Evidence – Work Experience <ul><li>Working with people / Working as part of a team- retail / hospitality work, Care assistant, Children with / without special needs, Old peoples homes, Volunteer </li></ul><ul><li>Understanding the NHS, Validation of decision - hospital volunteer, GP receptionist, ward clerk, talking to junior doctors and med students </li></ul>
    23. 23. Where can I find these jobs? <ul><li>Careers Service www.careers.qmul.ac.uk </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Vacation work booklets </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Recruitment Agencies Booklet </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Hospital websites e.g. http://www.uclh.nhs.uk/Job+seekers+volunteers/ </li></ul><ul><li>Volunteering: www.doit.org.uk and ‘ Provide’ volunteering </li></ul><ul><li>Local Hospital http://www.bartsandthelondon.nhs.uk/workforus </li></ul><ul><li>Hospices http://www.helpthehospices.org.uk </li></ul><ul><li>Care Homes www.csci.org.uk/registeredservicesdirectory/rsquicksearch.asp . </li></ul>
    24. 24. References <ul><li>Choose an academic who knows you and of your aspirations of becoming a doctor. </li></ul><ul><li>It need not be your personal tutor </li></ul><ul><li>Give them time to complete the form </li></ul>
    25. 25. Medical Interviews <ul><li>Lot of variation: e.g. one person / panel, 10 min – 1 hr </li></ul><ul><li>Most will probe on: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Why medicine? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What part of course appeals? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How found out is right for you? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What learnt from work exp? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Realistic view of medicine </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Other interests </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Communication & interpersonal skils </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Interest in health & medical stories </li></ul></ul>
    26. 26. FUNDING <ul><li>Will all depend on personal circumstances. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>GEM courses ; Pay own tuition fees 1 st yr, rest get NHS Bursary and fees paid. Eligible for student loans </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>5 year ; Own tuition fees for 4 yrs & eligible student loan, 5 th year bursary & fees paid. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Non UK EU residents – funding more limited </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Non-EU – responsible for full cost of degree </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Check with the student Welfare Office or the Admissions at the Medical School. </li></ul>
    27. 27. In Summary <ul><li>Start reviewing what you have to offer NOW </li></ul><ul><li>Get relevant work experience </li></ul><ul><li>Work hard on your statement </li></ul><ul><li>Keep abreast of medical issues </li></ul><ul><li>Use the Careers Service, www.careers.qmul.ac.uk </li></ul><ul><li>Look at www.ucas.com and other application guides </li></ul>
    28. 28. Dentistry <ul><li>Nine 5 year courses and four graduate schemes ( The University of Aberdeen, The University of Liverpool, Peninsula College of Medicine & Dentistry, Queen Mary, University of London) List of all courses at www.ucas.ac.uk </li></ul><ul><li>2:1 +, science degree, fierce competition (UK 800 places) </li></ul><ul><li>Get work experience & shadowing </li></ul><ul><li>Apps via UCAS. Most have entrance test </li></ul><ul><li>Funding – tricky. Final years, NHS bursary possible. Also armed forces cadet ships. More info – contact schools. </li></ul>
    29. 29. Further resources <ul><li>UCAS book ; Medicine, Dentistry & Optometry </li></ul><ul><li>www.medschoolsonline.co.uk </li></ul><ul><li>Getting into Medical School, Burnet & Ruston </li></ul><ul><li>How to get into Graduate Entry medicine, Sellers & Knight </li></ul><ul><li>Passing the UKCAT, Walker-Buckton, Hutton & Hutton </li></ul><ul><li>Funding: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>www.direct.gov.uk – Education & Learning Section </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.nhspa.gov.uk/sgu/ - NHS Bursary’s </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Careers Adviser appointments: www.careers.qmul.ac.uk, 020 7882 8533 </li></ul><ul><li>Careers Service – near Octagon in Queens Building </li></ul>
    30. 30. Questions?
    31. 31. Applications & Support Statements Information from Graham Clayden Sub Dean for Undergraduate Medicine Admissions KCL
    32. 32. <ul><li>Convince us that you are: </li></ul><ul><li>Motivated to help people </li></ul><ul><li>Informed about career demands </li></ul><ul><li>Realistic about yourself </li></ul><ul><li>Community orientated </li></ul><ul><li>Honest </li></ul>
    33. 33. <ul><li>Also convince us that you are: </li></ul><ul><li>A good judge </li></ul><ul><li>A natural leader </li></ul><ul><li>A problem solver (good common sense) </li></ul><ul><li>Creative </li></ul><ul><li>A rounded personality </li></ul><ul><li>Resilient </li></ul><ul><li>Fit to practice eventually </li></ul>
    34. 34. <ul><li>Essential evidence from: </li></ul><ul><li>Work experience </li></ul><ul><li>Community service </li></ul><ul><li>Inspiring anecdote </li></ul><ul><li>Medical science link </li></ul><ul><li>Achievement in arts/music/sports </li></ul><ul><li>Examples of perseverance with task </li></ul>
    35. 35. <ul><li>Avoid: </li></ul><ul><li>Any subject that you don't want to talk about at interview </li></ul><ul><li>Hero-worship of doctors </li></ul><ul><li>Rewards of medical career </li></ul><ul><li>Wrong balance of humour </li></ul><ul><li>Using out of date examples or interests </li></ul>
    36. 36. <ul><li>Don't forget to mention: </li></ul><ul><li>Hospital volunteering or paid jobs </li></ul><ul><li>Contact with vulnerable people </li></ul><ul><li>Captain or director or lead roles </li></ul><ul><li>Duke of Edinburgh awards </li></ul><ul><li>First aid qualifications </li></ul><ul><li>Key subject to initiate discussion but avoid learning patter </li></ul>
    37. 37. FINAL MESSAGE <ul><li>Be honest! </li></ul><ul><li>Check spelling and grammar </li></ul><ul><li>Make it a legible (font size and paragraphs) </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t try to over-impress </li></ul><ul><li>Do not use words you cannot pronounce or explain </li></ul>

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